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I would you rather had been silent : Please you A vessel under sail, so men obey'd,
To hear Cominius speak ?

And fell below his stem : his sword (death's stamp) Bru.

Most willingly : Where it did mark, it took ; from face to foot But yet my caution was more pertinent,

He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Than the rebuke you give it.

Was tim’d' with dying cries : alone he enter'd Men.

He loves your people; The mortal gates o the city, which he painted But tie him not to be their bedfellow.

With shunless destiny, aidless came off, Worthy Cominius, speak.- Nay, keep your place. And with a sudden reinforcement struck

[CORIOLANUs rises, and offers to go away. Corioli, like a planet: now all's his : 1 Sen. Sit, Coriolanus : never shame to hear When by-and-by the din of war 'gan pierce What you have nobly done.

His ready sense: then straight his doubled spirit Cor.

Your honours' pardon; Requicken’d what in flesh was fatigate,
I had rather have my wounds to heal again, And to the battle came he ; where he did
Than hear
say how I got them.

Run reeking o'er the lives of men, as if

Sir, I hope 'Twere a perpetual spoil : and, till we call'd My words disbench'd you not.

Both field and city ours, he never stood Cor.

No, sir: yet oft, To case his breast with panting.

Mon. When blows have made me stay, I fled from words.

Worthy man' You sooth'd not, therefore hurt not: But, your

1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the ho people, I love them as they weigh.

Which we devise him.10

Pray now,
sit down. Com.

Our spoils he kick'd at ; Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head i’ the And look'd upon things precious, as they were sun,

The common muck o' the world; he covets less When the alarum were struck, than idly sit Than miseryll itself would give; rewards To hear my nothings monster'd.

His deeds with doing them; and is content

[Exil CorIOLANU'S. To spend the time, to end it. Men. Masters o' the people, Men.

He's right noble; Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter, Let him be call'd for.

1 Sen. (That's thousand to one good one,) when you now

Call Coriolanus. see,

Of. He doth appear. He had rather venture all bis limbs for honour,

Re-enter CORIOLANUS. Than one of his ears to hear it ?-Proceed, Cominius.

Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd Com. Ishall lack voice : the deeds of Coriolanus To make thee consul. Should not be utter'd feebly.-It is held,


I do owe them still That valour is the chiefest virtue, and

My life, and services. Most dignifies the haver: if it be,


It then remains The man I speak of cannot in the world

That you do speak to the people." Be singly counterpois'd. At sixteen years,


I do beseech you, When Tarquin made a head for Rome,' he fought Let me o'erleap that custom; for I cannot Beyond the mark of others: our then dictator, Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat ther, Whom with all praise I point at, saw him fight, For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrace: When with his Amazonian chin he drovo

please you The bristled lips before him : he bestrid

That I may pass this doing. An o'er-press'd Roman, and i' the consul's view Sic.

Sir, the people Slew three opposers: Tarquin's self he met, Must have their voices; neither will they bate And struck him on his knee:2 in that day's feats, One jot of ceremony. When he might act the woman in the scene,


Put them not to't: He prov'd best man i' the field, and for his meed

Pray you, go fit you to the custom: and Was brow-bound with the oak.

His pupil age

Take to you, as your predecessors have, Man-enter'd thus, he waxed like a sea;

Your honour with your form.' And, in the brunt of seventeen battles since,".


It is a part He lurch'd' all swords o' the garland. For this last, That I shall blush in acting, and might well Before and in Corioli, let me say,

Be taken from the people. I cannot speak him home: He stopp'd the fliers; Bru.

Mark And, by his rare example, made the coward - Cor. To brag unto them,-Thus I did, and Turn terror into sport : as waves before

thus ;




you that?

1 When Tarquin, who had been expelled, raised a &c. which Malone pertinaciously adheres to. I think power to recover Rome.

with Steevens, that a vessel stemming the waves is an 2 This does not mean that he gave Tarquin a blow on image much more suitable to the prowess of Coriolanus, the knee, but gave him such a blow as occasioned him than that which Malone would substitute. to fall on his knee: 'ad terram duplicato poplite 7 The cries of the slaughtered regularly followed h Turnus.'

motion, as music and a dancer accompany each other. 3 It has been before mentioned that the parts of wo. 8 The gate which was made the scene of death. men were, in Shakspeare's time, represented by the 9 Wearied. most smooth-faced young men to be found among the 10 No honour will be too great for him ; he will show players. This is a palpable anachronism; there were a mind equal to any elevation. no theatres at Rome for the exhibition of plays until 11 Miscry for arărice, because a miser signifies ava. about two hundred and fifty years after the death of ricious. Coriolanus.

12 Coriolanus (as Warburton observes) was banished 4 Plutarch says, 'serinteen years of service in the A. U. C. 22. But till the time of Manlius Torquatus, wars, and many and sundry battles :' but from Coriola A. U. C. 393, the senate chose both consuls; and then nus's first campaign to his death was only a period of the people, assisted by the seditious temper of the trieight years.

bunes, got the choice of one. Shakspeare follows Plu. 5 To lurch is to win or carry off easily the prize or tarch, who expressly says in the Life of Coriolanus, stake at any game. It originally signified to devour that it was the custome of Rome at that time, that greedily, from lurco, Lat. ; then to purloin, subtract, or such as dyd sue for any office, should for certen dayes withdraw any thing from another. Thus in Ben Jon before be in the market-place, only with a poor gowne son's Silent Woman - You have lurch'd your friends on their backes, and without any coate underneath, 10 of the better half of the garland.' Cole, in his Latin praye the prople to remember them at the day of elec. Dictionary, 1679, has “A lurch, duplex palma facilis lion.'- North's Translation, p. 244. victoria.'

13 - Your form' is the form which custom prescribes 6 Thus the second folio. The first folio 'as uceds,' to you.

quire them,


you to 't.

Show them the unaking sears which I should hide, tongues: therefore follow me, and I'll direct you As if I had receiv'd them for the hire

how you shall go by him. Of their breath only:

All. Content, content.

(Exeunt. Men.

Do not stand upon't.-- Men. O, sir. you are not right : have you not We recommend to you, tribunes of the people,

known Our

purpose to them;' and to our noble consul The worthicst men have done it? Wish we all joy and honour.


What must I say?Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour ! I

pray, sir,-Plague upon 't! I cannot bring (Flourish. Then exeunt Senators. My tongue to such a pace :--Look, sir ;- -my Bru. You see how he intends to use the people.

wounds! Sic. May they perceive his intent! He will re- I got them in my country's service, when

Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran As if he did contemn what he requested

From the noise of our own drums. Should be in them to give.


O me, the gods ! Bru.

Come, we'll inform them You must not speak of that; you must desire them of our proceedings here: on the market-place,

To think upon you. I know, they do attend us.

[Ercunt. Cor.

Think upon me! Hang 'em! SCENE III.

The same.
The Forum. Enter

I would they would forget me, like the virtues several Citizens.

Which our divines lose by them.'

You'll mar all ; i Cit. Once, if he do require our voices, we r'll leave you : Pray you, speak to them, I pray you, ought not to deny him.

In wholesome manner.'

(Exit. 2 Cit. We may, sir, if we will. 3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but

Enter two Citizens. it is a power that we have no power to do :3 for if

Bid them wash their faces, he show us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we And keep their teeth clean.-So, here comes á are to put our tongues into those wounds, and speak

brace. for them : so, if he tell us his noble deeds, we must You know the cause, sir, of my standing hero. also tell him our noble acceptance of them. In

1 Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought gratitude is monstrous : and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude;

Cor. Mine own desert. of the which, we being members, should bring our- 2 Cit.

Your own desert! selves to be monstrous members.


Ay, not 1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a Mine own desire. little help will serve : for once we stood up about 1 Cit.

How! not your own desire ? the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the many

Cor. No, sir; headed multitude.

'Twas never my desire yet, 3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that To trouble the


with begging. our heads are some brown, some black, some au- 1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, burn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversely We hope to gain by you. coloured : and truly I think, if all our wits were to

Cor. Well, then, I pray, your price o' the consulissue out of one scull, they would fly east, west, north, south; and their consent of one direct way 1 Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly should be at once to all the points o' the compass. Cor.

Kindly? 2 Cit. Think you so? Which way, do you Sir, I pray let me ha't: I have wounds to show you, judge, my wit would fly?

Which shall be yours in private.-Your good voice, 3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a What say you ? blockhead: but if it were at liberty, 'iwould, sure, 2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy sir. southward.

Cor. A match, sir :2 Cit. Why that way?

There is in all two worthy voices begg'd: 3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three I have your alms; adieu. parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth

1 Cit.

But this is something odd. would return for conscience sake, to help to get 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again,-But 'tis no thee a wife.


[Exeunt two Citizens. 2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :-You may, you may.

Enter two other Citizens. 3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices ?

Cor. Pray you now,

if it

may stand with the tune But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I of your voices, that l'may be consul, I have here gay, if he would incline io the people, there was the customary gown. never a worthier man.

3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country Enter CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS. and you have not deserved nobly.

Cor. Your enigma. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; mark

3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, his behaviour. We are not to stay all together, but to come by him where he stands, hy ones, by twos, you have been a rod to her friends ; you have not, and by threes. He's to make his requests by par- indeed, loved the common people.

Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, ticulars : wherein every one of us has a single

that I have not been common in my love. I win, honour, in giving him our own voices with our own

sir, flaiter my sworn brother the people, to carn á i We recommend to you, tribunes of the people, to declare our purpose to them,' namely, the appointment lying to every point of the compass, is a just descrip. of Coriolanus to the consulship.

tion of the variety and inconsistency of the many-headed 2 i. e. once for all.

multitude. 3 Power in the first instance here means natural 6 The force of this colloquial phrase appears to be power or force, and then moral power, or right. Davis You may divert yourself as you please at my expense. has used the word with the same variety of meaning :- It occurs again in Troilus and Cressida :

Use all thy powers that heavenly power to praise, Hel. By my troth, sweet lord, thou hast a fine fore That gave thee power to do?

head. 4 Once signifies here one time, and not as soon as Pan. Ay, you may, you may.' erer, which Malone akes to be its meaning. Rowe in. 7 'I wish they would forget me, as they do tho vir. serted when after once, which is indeed elliptically un- tuous precepts which our divines preach to them. This derstood.

is another amusing instance of anachronism. 5 Consent is accord, agreement. To suppose that 8 So in Hamict: If it shall please you to make mo their agreement to go all one way should end in their l a wholesome answer.'


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dearer estimation of them : 'tis a condition they Cor. That I'll straignt do; and, knowing myself account gentle : and since the wisdom of their

again, choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I Repair to the senate-house. will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them Men. I'll keep you company.-Will you along? most counterfeitly: that is, sir, I will counterfeit Bru. We stay here for the people, the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it Sic,

Fare you well. bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you,

[Ereunt CORIOL. and Menen. I may be consul,

He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, 4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and 'Tis warm at his heart. therefore give you our voices heartily.


With a proud heart he wore 3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people ? country,

Re-enter Citizens. Cor. I will not seal' your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so

Sic. How now, my masters ? have you chose

this man} Trouble you no further.

1 Cit. He has our voices, sir. Both Çit, The gods give you joy, sir, heartily!


Bru. We pray the gods he may deserve your

loves. Cor. Most sweet voices ! Better it is to die, better to starve,

2 Cit. Amen, şir : To my poor unworthy notice,

He mock'd us, when he begg'a our voices. Than crave the hire which first we do deserve.

3 Cit. Why in this wolvish gown? should I stand here,


He fouted us downright. To beg of Hob and Dick," that do appear,

1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not Their needless vouches Custom calls me to't:

mock us. What custom wills, in all things should we do't,

2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yoursell, but says,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept,
And mountainous error be too bigbly heap'd

He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd us
For truth to overpeer.
Rather than fool it so,

His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country.

Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure. Let the high office and the honour go

Cit, To one that would do thus.-I am half through:

No; no man saw 'em.

(Several speak. The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.

3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could Enter three other Citizens.

show in private; Here come more voices,

And with his hat, ihus waving it in scorn,
Your voices; for your voices I have fought; I would be consul, says he: aged custom,
Watch'd for your voices; for your voices, bear But by your voices, will not 80 permit me ;,
Of wounds two dozen odd; battles thrice six Your voices therefore : When we granted that,
I have seen, and heard of; for your voices, have* Here was,- I thank you for your voices, thank
Done many things, some less, some more : your

you, -

Your most sweet voices :-now you have left you Indeed, I would be consul.

voices, 5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without I have no further with you :- -Was not this any honest man's voice.

mockery? 6 Cit. Therefore, let him be consul : The gods Sie. Why, either, were you ignorant to see't 7€ give him joy, and make him good friend to the Or, seeing ít, of such childish friendliness people!

To yield your voices ? All. Amen, Amen.


Could you not have told him,
God save theo, noble consul! (Eseunt Citizens. As you were lessou'd-When he had no power,

Worthy voices! But was a petty servant to the state,
Re-enter MexENIUS, with BRUTUS and Sicinius.

He was your enemy; ever spake against Men. You have stood your limitation; and the l' the body of the weal: and now, arriving'

Your liberties, and the charters that you bear

A place of potency, and sway aihe state,
Endue you with the people's voice ; Remains If he should still malignantly remain
Thai, in the official marks invested, you

Fast foo to the plebeii, your voices might
Anon do meet the senate.

Be curses to yourselves. You should have said,
Is this done?

That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less
Sic. The custom of request you have discharg’d: Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature
The people do admit you; and are summond Would think upon you for your voices, and
To meet anon, upon your approbation,

Translate his malice towards you into love,
Cor, Where? at the sepaie-house?

Standing your friendly lord.

There, Coriolanus,

Thus to have said,
Cor. May I change these garments? As you were fore-advis’d, had touch'd his spirit,

You may, sir. And try'd his inclination; from him pluck'd

Either his gracious promise, which you might, 1 I will not strengthen or complete your knowledge. The seal is that which ratifics or completes a writing.

4 Dr. Farmer says, perhaps we should read :& Thus the second polio. "The first lolio reads "wol.

battles thrice six vish tongue,' apparently an error of the press for toge ; I've seen, and you have heard of ; for your voices the same mistake having occurred in Othello, where

Done many thingy,' &c. tongued consuls’ is printed for 'laged eonsuls. By a Coriolanus seeming now in earnest to petition for the talvish gown Coriolanus means a deceitful one; in consulaie. allusion to the fable of the wolf in sheep's clothing : not 5 The Romans (as Warburton observes) had but that he means to call himself the wolf, but merely to lately changed the regal for the consular government : say, Why should I stand here playing the hypocrite, sor Coriolanus was banished the eighteenth year after and simulating the humility that is not in my nature the expulsion of the kings. Plutarch, as we have before Qr, as Shakspeare expresses it in All's Well that Ends seen, led the poet into the error concerning this agea Woll: "To wear the surprice of humility over the black custom. gown of a big heart.' Brutus afterwards says :- 6 Were you ignorant to see't ?" is ' did you want With a proud heart he wore

knowledge to discern it?" Mis humble weeds.'

arriving 3 The poet has here given the names (as in many

A place of potency:' other places he has attributed the customs) of England So in the Third Part of King Henry VI. Act v. Sc. 3 to ancient Rome. Hob and Dick were names of fre.

those powers that the queen quent occurrence among the common people in Shak. Hath rais'd in Gallia have arriv'd our coast. speare's time, and generally used to signify a peasant 8 i. e. Would retain a grateful remembrance or or low person

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As cause hac call'd you up, nave held him to; To your remembrances: but you have found,
Or else it would have goil'd his surly nature, Scaling his present bearing with his past,
Which easily endures not article

That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke
Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, Your sudden approbation.
You should have ta'en the advantage of his choler, Bru.

Say, you ne'er had done't, And pass'd him unelected.

(Harp on that still,) but by our putting on:' Bru.

Did you perceive, And presently, when you have drawn your number, He did solicit you in free contempt!

Repair to the Capitol. When he did need your loves; and do you think Ci. We will so: almost all (Several speak. That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, Repent in their election.

(Eseunt Citizens. When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Bru.

Let them go on ; bodies

This mutiny were better put in hazard, No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to cry Than stay, past doubt, for greater : Against the rectorship of judgment ?

If, as his nature is, he fall in rage

With their refusal, both observe and answer
Ere now, deny'd the askor? and, now again, The vantage of his anger.
On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow


To the Capitol : Your sued-for tongues ?

Come, we'll be there before the stream o' the people, 3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may deny him yet. And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own, 2 Cit. And will deny him ;

Which we have goaded onward. (Ereunt. I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. 1 Cil. I twice five hundred, and their friends to piece 'em.

ACT III. Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those SCENE I. The same. A Street. Cornets. Enter friends,

CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, COMiniUS, Titus They have chose a consul, that will from them take

LARTIUS, Senators, and Patricians. Their liberties ; niake them of no more voice

Cor. Tullus Aufidius then had made new head ? Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, As therefore kept to do so.

Lart. He had, my lord ; and that it was, which

caus'd Sic.

Let them assemble;

Our swifter composition.
And, on a safer judgment, all revoke
Your ignorant election : Énforce his pride,

Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first; And his old hate unto you : besides, forget not

Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road With what contempt he wore the humble weed;

Upon us again.

Com. How in his suit he scorn'd you ; but your loves,

They are worn, lord consul, so,

That we shall hardly in our ages see
Thinking upon his services, took from you
The apprehension of his present portance,

Their banners wave again.

Cor. Which most gibingly, ungravely he did fashion

Saw you Aufidius? After the inveterate hate he bears

Lart. On safeguardo he came to me; and did

you. Bru.

A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd

Against the Volces, for they had so vilely

Yielded the town : he is retir'd to Antium. (No impediment between) but that you must Cast your eloction on him.

Cor. Spoke he of me?

Say you chose him

He did, my lord.

im Lart. How often he had met you, sword to sword: More after our commandment, than as guided

How? what? By your own true affections: and that, your minds That

, of all things upon the earth, he hated Preoccupy'd with what you rather must do Than what you should, made you against the grain To hopeless restitution, so he might

Your person most : that he would pawn his fortunes To voice him consul : Lay the fault on us.

Be call'd your vanquisher. Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures


At Antium lives he ?

Lart. At Antium,
How youngly he began to serve his country,
How long continued : and what stock he springs of To oppose his hatred fully.-Welcome home

Cor. I wish, I had cause to seek him there
The noble house oʻthe Marcians; from whence came
That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son,

(T. LARTIUS. Who, after great Hostilius, here was king :

Enter. SICIxius and BRUTUS, of the same house Publius and Quintus were, Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, That our best water brought by conduits hither; The tongues o' the common mouth. I do despise And Censorinus, darling of the people,

them; And nobly nam'd so, being censor twice,

For they do prank them in authority,
Was his great ancestor.

Against all noble sufferance.
One thus descended, Sic.

Pass no further. That hath beside well in his person wrought

Cor. Ha! what is that? To be set high in place, we did commend


It will be dangerous to 1 That is, in pure contempt, open and unrestrained.

Go on: no further. 2 Your voices, to obtain which so many have the ancestors of Coriolanus, but his descendants. Caius hitherto solicited.'

Martius Rutilius did not obtain the name of Censorinus 3 Object his pride, and enforce the objection. So till the year of Rome 497; and the Marcian waters were afterwards :

not brought to the city by aqueducts till the year 613, near Enforce him with his envy to the people.' 350 years after the death of Coriolanus. Shakspeare 4 1. e. carriage. So in Othello :

has confounded the ancestors and posterity of Coriola6 And portance in my travels' history.' nus together. 5 Pope supplied this verse, which the context evi. 6 That is, weighing his past and present behaviour, dently requires, and which is warranted by the narration 7 i, e. our incitation. So ip King Lear :in Plutarch, from whence this passage is taken :- The

you protect this course, house of the Martians at Rome was of the number of

And put it on by your allowance." the patricians, out of which sprung many noble person. 8 Shakspeare has here again given the usage of ages, whereof Ancus Martius was one, King Numaes England to Rome. In his time the title of lord was daughter's sonne, who was King of Rome after Tullus given to many officers of state who were not peers, as Hostilius. of the same house were Publius and Quin- lords of the council, lord ambassador, lord general, &c. tus, who brought to Rome their best water they had by 9 That is, with a convoy, a guard appointed to pro conduits. Censorinus came of that familie, that was tect him. so surnamed because the people had chosen him censor 10 So in Measure for Measure, Act ii. Sc. 2:twice. Publius and Quintus and Censorinus were not! Drest in a little brief authority

to you,

Cor. What makes this change?

Men. Well, no more. Men.

The matter? 1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you. Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the


How! no more? commons ?

As for my country I have shed my blood, Bru. Cominius, no.

Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs Cor.

Have I had children's voices ? Coin words till their decay, against those meazels, I Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the mar- Which we disdain should tetter us, yet sought ket-place.

The very way to catch them. Bru. The people are incens'd against him. Bru.

You speak o'the people, Sic.

Stop, As if you were a god to punish, not
Or all will fall in broil.

A man of their infirmity.
Are these your herd?--


'Twere well Must these have voices, that can yield them now, We let the people know't. And straight disclaim their tongues ?-What are Men.

What, what? his choler ? your offices?

Cor. Choler! You, being their mouths, why rule you not their Were I as patient as the midnight sleep, teeth ?

By Jove, 'iwould be my mind. Have you not set them on?


It is a mind,

Be calm, be calm. That shall remain a poison where it is,
Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot, Not poison any further.
To curb the will of the nobility :-


Shall remain !
Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, Hear you this Triton of the minnows ?" mark you
Nor ever will be rul'd.

His absolute shall ?
Call't not a plot:


'Twas from the canon. The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late, Cor.

Shall! When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd; O good, but most unwise patricians, why, Scandal'd the suppliants for the people; call’d them You grave, but reckless' senators, have you thus Time-pleasers, fallerers, foes to nobleness. Given Hydra here to choose an officer, Cor. Why, ihis was known before.

That with his peremptory shall, being but Bru.

Not to them all. The horn and noise'o o the monsters, wants not Cor. Have you inform'd them since ?

spirit Bru.

How! I inform them! To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch, Cor. You are like to do such business.

And make your channel his? If he have power, Bru.

Not unlike, Then vail your ignorance:" if none, awake Each way to better yours."

Your dang

ous lenity. If you are learned, Cor. Why then should I be consul ? By yon Be not as common fools; if you are not, clouds,

Let them have cushions by you. You are plebeians, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me If they be senators : and they are no less, Your fellow tribune.

When both your voices blended, the greatest taşte Sic.

You show too much of that, Most palates theirs.'? They choose their magis. For which the people stir : If you will pass

trate ;
To where you are bound, you must inquire your way, And such a one as he, who puts his shall,
Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit; His popular shall, against a graver bench
Or never be so noble as a consul,

Than over frown'd in Greece! By Jove himself, Nor yoke with him for tribune.

It makes the consuls base: and my soul aches, Men.

Let's be calm. To know, when two authorities are up, Com. The people are abus':-Set on.--This Neither supreme, how soon confusion palt'ring?

May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take Becomes 'not Rome : Nor has Coriolanus

The one by the other. 13° Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falsely:


Well-on to the market place. l' the plain way of his merit.

Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth Cor.

Tell me of corn! The corn o'the storehouse gratis, as 'twas us'd This was my speech, and I will speak’t again ;- Sometime in Greece,Men. Not now, not now.


Well, well, no more of that. I Sen,

Not in this heat, sir, now. Cor. (Though there the people had more abso-
Cor. Now, as I live, I will.—My nobler friends, lute power,).
I crave their pardons :

I say they nourish'd disobedience, fed
For the mutable, rank-scented many,“ let them The ruin of the state.
Regard me as I do not flatter, and


Why, shall the people give Therein behold themselves : 1 say again,

One, that speaks thus, their voice? In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate Cor.

I'll give my reasons, The cockles of rebellion, insolence, sedition, More worthier than their voices. They know, tho Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd, and scatter'd,

Was not our recompense; resting well assur'd By mingling them with us, the honour'd number; They ne'er did service fort: Being press'd to tho Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that

war, Which they have given to beggars.

Even when the navel of the state was touch'd,



1 i. e. likely to provide beter for the security of the 7 So in Loves Labours Lost :That base minnoid commonwealth than you (whose business it is ) will do. of thy mirth.' To which the reply is pertinent, 'Why then should I 8 The old copy has O God, but,' &c. The emenbe consul?'

dation was made by Theobald. 2 Paltering is shuffling.

9 Careless. 3 i. c. treacherously. The metaphor is from a rub 10 The horn and noise,' alluding to his having called at bowls.

him Triton of the minnows before. 4 l. e the populace.

11 If this man has power, let the ignorance that gavo 5 Cockle is a weed which grows up with and chokes it him rail or bow down before him. the corn. The thought is from North's Plutarch :- 12 “The plebeians are no less than senators, when the • Moreover, he said, that they nourished against them. voices of the senate and the people being blended, the selves the naughty seed and cockle of insolency and predominant taste of the compound smacks more of the sedition, which had been sowed and scattered abroad populace than the senate.? arnong the people,' &c.

13 The mischief and absurdity of what is called im. o Neazel, of mesell, is the old term for a leper, from perium in imperio is here finely expressed,' says Wartko .

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